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Psychology 301: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
August 2012 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: discuss the field of industrial/organizational psychology, describe what it is, and outline its history, compare and contrast social scientific research methods, and how social scientific research methodology is used by Industrial Organizational psychologists, appraise personnel functions in organizations; examine how jobs are analyzed, how workers are recruited and selected for jobs, how workers’ job performance is evaluated, and how workers are trained; examine psychological states that influence employee work behavior: the motivation to work, the satisfaction one gets from a job, and the stress that occurs because of job demands, relate how workers interact in the formation of work groups and larger work organizations and critique interactions of workers and work groups.
The course is self-paced, and instruction is delivered through online video and text lessons. Students are assessed through quizzes and a proctored final exam. Topics include: introduction to industrial/organizational psychology; job analysis and evaluation methods; employee selection: recruiting and interviewing; performance management: evaluating employee performance; employee training and development; employee motivation, satisfaction and commitment; the psychology of employee engagement; leadership and conflict in the workplace; the psychology of groups; teamwork and teams in the workplace; organizational development and change; workplace psychological health; and research methods in industrial/organizational psychology.
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Psychology (8/17).